Always full of beautiful scenery, fun festivals and decent, honest folks, the Green Mountain State is an unbelievable place to live… If you can handle it. Vermont may not be for everyone, but for most of us – it’s incredible. This is because in order to reap the benefits of such an amazing state, you need to be unbelievably tough. Luckily, this toughness is a way of life for us and is part of what makes us the best kind of people in the country. Let’s take a look at a few of the things that make Vermonters unbelievably tough, shall we?
12. We can handle the cold.
Up to 120 inches of snow may fall each year in the Green Mountain State. The average temperature for the winter season is 22 degrees. The cold weather is broken up by thaws when temperatures reach 40 or 50 degrees and the snow melts.
And then it snows all over again.
11. We have thick skin.
Let people think whatever stereotypes they want about Vermonters... We know we're awesome!
10. We’ll do just about anything for a good view.
We hike Long Trail (which is the length of Vermont) and back for these fabulous views. It is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States, constructed between 1910 and 1930 by the Green Mountain Club.
9. We can get our own cars out of ditches.
Many of us have tow ropes and know how to use them, so AAA isn't necessarily the first call you make. Your friends can do the job and will get there a lot faster.
8. We stand up for our rights and the rights of everyone.
We believe in equality, and we always have. Vermont was the first state to abolish slavery.
7. We stand up for good causes – and we start young!
Take Ivory Free Vermont, for example. "Federal laws cannot stop ivory from being sold within state borders," said Taegen Yardley, a seventh grader and elephant activist from Charlotte. She brought her classmates along to a meeting of the House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources and led rallies in Burlington. Go Taegen!
6. We stand up to large institutions (and win!)
Only here can diners at McDonald’s get pure maple syrup with their oatmeal as we uphold our strict maple laws.
McDonald’s USA has agreed to offer pure Vermont maple syrup or sugar with its Fruit and Maple Oatmeal menu item. You see, McDonald’s use of maple in its advertising for its oatmeal did not meet state regulations because it did not actually contain maple. Take that, McDonalds!
5. We can fix just about anything.
Most Vermonters readily have access to duct tape and some type of all in one utility knife.
4. We're not afraid of hard work.
It's not uncommon for Vermonters to have more than one job. Especially around the ski areas because those pay checks come with free ski passes.
3. We can farm our own food.
We get our hands dirty and cultivate our gardens. Nothing can beat a meal grown in your own garden!
2. We know how to use an axe, plow and a wood cutter.
Why pay someone to do these things when you can do all the fun yourself?
1. We like going up the mountains as much as we like going down.
Before there were chair lifts, there was skinning. A combination of skiing, cross-country, and climbing every stair in the Empire State Building, skinning is a sport that's on the up-and-up—literally. In skinning, you have to ski up the slope before you can ski downhill.